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Number Talks


Number Talks are a fantastic 5-15 minute daily practice that are useful for all ages.  Here is a 30 minute vlog on how and why to use them to get you started. Number Talks are designed to improve fluency for kids (especially our intermediate and middle school kids who still aren’t fluent) AND they utilize …

Formative Assessment In The Math Class: How To Weave It Into Your Daily Practice


Often when we teach math we don’t really know if students ‘get it’ or not until we give a quiz or test and then it might be too late as you are moving on to new material.   Sound familiar? This dilemma is something I hear often from teachers and it is how many students …

Mathematical Mindsets Pro-D with Cathy Williams (and Jo Boaler)


Any of you who know me or have attended my workshops in the past few years know that I’m a huge fan of Jo Boaler.   She is my math ‘guru’. I’ve read all of her books, papers, website articles, etc. I’ve used her tasks on www.youcubed.org and recommended her book Mathematical Mindsets to every …

Different Levels of Students in Your Class? How Math Manipulatives Can Help You Reach Them All


Most of us struggle with the wide ability ranges in our classes and are scrambling to find worksheets and textbooks for all of the varying levels of students, which quickly turns into a logistical nightmare! Many teachers think that manipulatives are used for remedial students, or those struggling with the abstract concepts, however, when used …